Celebs, Style Stars and Ubiquitous Fashion Bloggers Turn Out for ‘Resort’ Fashion Week Show With Dion Lee the Opening Act

A SOGGY Sydney Sunday didn’t deter the fashion pack from popping on their heels, pulling out their iPhones and swathing themselves in (often borrowed) front-row clothes for the first day of Mercedes Australian Fashion Week.

And what better location to kick off the next week of frock watching than with the dynamic backdrop of the Sydney Opera House as the canvas?

Dion Lee showed his resort 2018 collection, underneath the sails of the Sydney Opera House, paying tribute to a personal involvement the designer shares with the iconic landmark.

In 2010, Dion Lee was the first designer to stage a runway presentation at the famous venue, returning to the site to show again in 2011 and 2014.

This year marks a deepening of Dion’s association with the Sydney Opera House, with the announcement that Lee will design the House’s new uniforms.

Dion, at just 32 years of age, will design a range of uniforms for more than 600 employees, including front-of-house, box office and tour guide staff.

Sydney Opera House CEO Louise Herron AM said: “Renewal is transforming the Opera House for future generations of artists, audiences, visitors and, most immediately, for the hundreds of staff who make the magic happen on-and-off stage, 363 days a year.

“Dion is one of Australia’s brightest fashion stars whose work draws so beautifully on the sculptural elegance of Utzon’s masterpiece. It will be wonderful to work with him to create a new uniform collection for the people who bring the place to life.”

Within the collection Lee unveiled today, the designer took references from his Australian heritage, layered with the building’s sculptural architecture.

Amazing shades of red, cobalt blue, gold and black stood out against the opera house sail ‘tiles’ with draped, folded, embellished, knotted and tailored pieces along with ear cuffs and natural looking ‘messy’ hair vibe on the models.

Alongside womenswear, Mr Lee also showed his first menswear collection with 10 menswear looks that included constructed tailoring, utility shirting, knitwear and ‘laminated’ outerwear.

The collection also marked the first time all Dion Lee categories appeared together including swimwear and sunglasses alongside collaborations with Akubra for millinery, Sarah & Sebastian for jewellery and RM Williams for boots.

Lee kicked off the most high-profile week on Australia’s fashion calendar with other designers showcasing their resort collections this week, including Bec & Bridge, Alice McCall, Sass & Bide, Steven Khalil, Romance Was Born, Bianca Spender, Kitx, We Are Kindred, Akira, Ten Pieces, Macgraw, Michael Lo Sordo, Christopher Esber and Kym Ellery.

The recent shift in making resort clothes a focus of the week has brought interest from international buyers, including Net-A-Porter, Selfridges and Browns in London.

A handful of international designers will be showing too: Katama by Garrett Neff from the US, V Major out of China and Zambesi from New Zealand.

While Dion used the Opera House as his dramatic backdrop most of the shows will be held at Carriageworks in Redfern, Sydney with the iconic Icebergs at Bondi and the Andrew Boy Charlton Pool in the Domain also gearing up as fashion week venues.

As usual, a sea of fashion bloggers posed around the place, but the really important and influential people are the buyers and bigger picture media companies who have the power to give a designer a serious adrenalin shot in the retail arm.

After today’s first show, the opening night part hosted by Mercedes in the Botanic Gardens, kicked off the apres-show part of fashion week – which for many, is the only reason they attend.

* Mercedes Australian Fashion Week will go from May 14-19 with open-to-the-public shows happening next weekend.

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Swarovski Launch Urban Fantasy Collection

Swarovski unveiled the highly-anticipated Urban Fantasy Collection with an exclusive breakfast in Sydney.

VIP media and celebrities enjoyed a decadent sit down breakfast before viewing the collection on display.

Swarovski’s Creative Director Nathalie Colin says of the new collection: “I love life in the city! The urban surroundings breathe and vibrate 24/7, and bring to life a creative energy that I then translate into our jewellery designs.

This season we journey to new cities.

Contemporary architecture combines with organic forms.

Urban gaming and virtual emoji-inspired symbols meet versatile, “interactive” designs that can be worn to create personalised jewellery pieces.

We complete our journey in an enchanting Crystal Wonderland complete with spectacular festive reworks, extraordinary and glamorous jewellery and glittering gifts.

This collection is a brilliant example of what Swarovski stands for: modernity, joy and glamour.”

Swarovski’s campaign featuring Australia’s very own Ruby Rose was also revealed.

Guests enjoyed live music from up and coming band The Lastlings.

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Etihad Airways and Ellery Celebrate 10-year Milestones at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia

A ground breaking decade of fashion and travel will be celebrated at this year’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

The event will host a celebration for one of Australia’s most influential fashion brands, Ellery, and will fete Etihad Airways’ 10 years of service to Australia and partnership with the global fashion industry.

A VIP cocktail reception hosted by designer Kym Ellery will celebrate 10 years of showing at Australian fashion week with a retrospective of Ellery’s most iconic looks from the brand’s archive.

As an Australian-born label which has gained substantial international momentum, Ellery has positioned Australian design at the forefront of global trends.

Firmly positioned as one to watch at the international level, Ellery embodies the global spirit while celebrating its Australian roots.

A regular on the Paris Fashion Week schedule, Ellery returns this season to Sydney to honour its heritage and continue promoting Australian fashion and commerce.

Etihad Airways will celebrate its 10th anniversary of service to Australia and showcase its support for fashion with the Australian launch of its innovative ‘Runway to Runway’ program.

A unique loyalty and rewards program designed specifically to support the fashion community’s international travel requirements, Runway to Runway members are eligible to receive special airfares, airport lounge access, complimentary upgrades, priority boarding and check-in, additional checked baggage allowances, as well as preferred cargo and group travel rates when travelling for photo shoots, showing collections overseas, or conducting business in overseas markets.

The airline’s ongoing support for fashion is underpinned by an agreement with IMG which includes participation in 17 flagship fashion events worldwide each year.

Since signing the agreement in 2016, the Abu Dhabi-based airline has helped designers, models and brands celebrate major milestones and reach new audiences the world over with activations at New York Fashion Week: The Shows, London Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week, Lakmé Fashion Week (Mumbai) and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

The joint Ellery X Etihad Airways 10th anniversary celebration will take place on Wednesday 17 May at Carriageworks.

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AJE Resort Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Designers Edwina Robinson and Adrian Norris worked with Pwerle Gallery, Minnie Pwerle’s grandson, Fred Torres, and great granddaughter, Jade Torres on the collaboration.

Three key paintings were selected from the archives of Minnie Pwerle and served as inspiration for the Resort 17/18 collection.

”We feel so blessed and honoured to have been given this extraordinary opportunity to bring the work of this inspirational Australian artist to new life, and new audiences through our resort collection”. The design duo noted.

Friends of the cult brand, including included Jessica Mauboy, Jesinta Franklin, Anna Heinrich, Tim Robards and Dami Im.

David Jones announced today that is has entered into a department store exclusive agreement with David Jones.

The coveted range of womenswear will be available at David Jones from May 2017, launching into 3 stores across Australia before expanding into 27 stores from July.

The show was also attended by David Jones Group Executive Merchandise David Collins and General Manager of Womenswear Damian Burke.

David Jones Group Executive of Merchandise, David Collins said, “Aje is an exceptional Australian brand that we are thrilled to welcome to our stable of Australian designers at David Jones.

Renowned for beautifully crafted designs, we believe Aje answers the demand for statement daywear and unique occasion pieces.

We are looking forward to welcoming the collection from May.” Aje Designers Adrian Norris and Edwina Robinson said, “We are thrilled to be joining the David Jones family.

Both the Aje and David Jones values strongly align for a shared customer base. We look forward to this next step for Aje and are excited to share the brand with the David Jones clientele.”

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Kate Middleton Loves Her Superga Sneakers

The Duchess of Cambridge loves wearing the sneakers created by the Torino-based brand, and turned up at the London Marathon wearing her Superga Cotu Classic 2750s.

Kate Middleton arrived at a meeting with Heads Together’s athletes during a training session for the London Marathon, wearing white Superga® 2750s.

After she was photographed in her leisure time wearing white Superga 2750s, she chose the “People’s shoes of Italy” for her official appearance at the London Marathon.

Her sister Pippa also shares with Kate a passion for the “People’s shoes of Italy”. But Her Highness is not the first public figure to choose Superga®.

Over the years 2750s have been worn by former US first lady Michelle Obama, by actresses Emma Watson, Liv Tyler, Jennifer Aniston, Sienna Miller, Jessica Alba, Julia Roberts, and by top model Alessandra Ambrosio; as well as by celebrity Superga® Ambassadors Pyper America, Abbey Lee, Alexa Chung, Rita Ora, Suki Waterhouse and Binx Walton.

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